The Road: Where the Walking Dead Go on Vacation

Funny; we always feel like zombies after a weekend at Disneyland, too. Running from ride to ride from eight to midnight can really wear you down.

American LiteratureAll American Literature
AuthorMcCarthy - Cormac McCarthy
FormNovel
LanguageEnglish Language
LiteratureAmerican Literature
Dystopian Literature

Transcript

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we're talking about their overwhelming presence

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in pop culture. Could I have your autograph?

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you can't turn around without bumping into a movie TV show video game or book

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filled with

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blood thirsty undead Cormac McCarthy's

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the road has all the characteristics of a literary

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Walking Dead, but is it really just another zombie story?

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let's get out our zombie story check list shall we

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We're lost in a post-apocalyptic world, check

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our heroes are on the run

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check

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Plus they're on the US Highway System

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which can be a nightmare with or without zombies

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Yo, I'm driving here. Check

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continuing down the checklist Cannibalistic foes drooling for human

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flesh like it's chocolate covered bacon

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Check any chance of escape? Nope

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ok so that's actually a check too

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we defintly seem to be on track for a trip to Zombieland

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Aww shucks

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How about direct confrontation with the undead

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heres just one box we can't check unfortunately

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an infectious agent that causes the living to be afraid of turning into a

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walking corpse

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nope we don't have that either

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An oblique ending with no hope for survival

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uh oh no more bullets! Also no

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after all there is some hope here, good guys come out of the woodwork and rescue

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the boy

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The man dies

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but you can still read the ending is a testament to hope in humanity

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whatever the road is we knno it isn't the yellow brick one

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there are any emerald city's or happy munchkins here although at this point we

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wouldn't be surprised to encounter a

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canabalistic dwarf. We represent the cannibal guild

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So what is the road?

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is that your run-of-the-mill post-apocalyptic cannibal infested

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nightmare?

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or because we never confront the zombies and aren't in danger

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of being infected, does it not quite fit the bill? Shmoop amongst yourselves

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Hold on to your Braaaainns

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